Artist Statement

My work is inspired by memory, experiences, my understanding of the human condition and my buddhist practice.

I work primarily in burlap, also known as hessian. It’s a natural material that speaks to my love of nature and texture. It’s strong, durable and I associate it with my life growing up in a hard-working blue collar family. It’s a material rich with manipulative properties.

I use reclaimed coffee bags that originate from all over the world – each piece having distinct physical characteristics.The diverse colors, weaves, and weight are unique to the origin of the material, and represents the beauty of diversity in the world. I use these inherent qualities and associations of burlap to explore the resilience of the human spirit. I believe that no matter how torn or unraveled life becomes, there are ways to patch the pieces back together.

I want the viewer to consider that in spite of our diverse humanity, we all share moments of struggle and suffering. It is through these challenges that one can see the beauty of the torn and imperfect. It’s an opportunity to patch and repair, and to learn our true strength

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2020-Present Critical Discussion, Abstract Art with Cheryl Taves and Bill Porteus
2019 Color & Design Workshop with Mark Eanes, LaRomita School of Art, Umbria Italy
2019 Art2Life Creative Visionary Program
2015 Art2Life Creative Visionary Program
2000 Continuing Education – School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1999 Certificate, Accelerated Multimedia Training, Truman College, Chicago
1982 BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibitions

2021 Women’s Woven Voices Project, Carlsbad, California
2021 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
2021 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2021 Connections Art 55, International online exhibition
2020  Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino
2020 Advancing Women Artists, Florence Italy, Garzoni Challenge Online Exhibition
2019 Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
2019 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Galerie 21, One person show, Altkirch, France
2018 Artbox Project, Virtual show, New York, New York, USA
2017 Group show, Front of Bicycle, Basel, Switzerland
2017 Salon des 40, Group show, St. Louis, France
2017 Tom Robinson Gallery, Two person show, Chicago, IL, USA
2008 Jackson Junge Gallery, Group show, Chicago, IL, USA
2007 Tom Robinson Gallery, Group show, Chicago, IL, USA
2006 Inside Art, Three women show, Chicago, IL
2004 Annual Celebrity Chair Auction, Chicago, IL, USA
1982 Traveling Fellowship Competition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA

Publications

2018 DNA, Journal D’Alsace
1972 Chicago Tribune Style Section
1989 Chicago Times Magazine
1990, 1991, 1992 Women’s Wear Daily
1989 Made in Illinois

Artist Residencies

2020 (February – June) Residenza d’Arte il Palmerino, Florence, Italy
2017 Blueberry View Artist Retreat, Benton Harbor, Michigan
1992 Lakeside Art Center, Lakeside Michigan
1990 Art Park, Lewiston NY
1987 Art Park, Lewiston NY

EXHIBITIONS

Front Porch Gallery
“Woven Women’s Voices Project”
Carlsbad CA
November, 2021

Salon d’Automne
Paris, France
October 2021

Front of Bicycle / Gallerie Katapult
Basel Switzerland
September, 2021

Connections Art 55
International online exhibition
March, 2021

Salon d’Automne
Paris, France
October 2020

Advancing Women Artists,
Florence, Italy
Spring 2020

Residenza d’Arte il Palmerino,
Florence, Italy
May 2020

Salon d’Automne
Paris, France
October 2019

Front of Bicycle / Braswell Art Center
Basel Switzerland
Juried Group Show
April 2019

Front of Bicycle / Braswell Art Center
Basel Switzerland
Juried Group Show
April 2018

Galerie 21
Altkirch, France
Solo Show
March 2018

Front of Bicycle / Braswell Art Center
Basel Switzerland
Juried Group Show
November 2017

Salon des 40
St. Louis, Alsace, France
Juried Group Show
November 2017

Tom Robinson Gallery
Chicago, Il
2 Person Show
September 2017

Jackson Junge Gallery
Elemental Flux
Group Show
Fall 2011

H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art
Ethereal Fauna: The Artists Muse
Carthage College -Kenosha Wisconsin
Group Show
May 2011

 

EDUCATION
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Creative Visionary Program

ART RESIDENCY

Residenza d’Arte il Palmerino
Blueberry View Artist Residency

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